Ealc275-lecture6 - TheMemoirs TheMemoirof1795...

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The Memoirs The Memoir of 1795 The Memoir of 1805 Memoir of 1805: breaking the silence Audience: her grandson King Sunjo (on the throne) She was 70 “False versions” had proliferated - “feeling that my descriptions might cast a blemish on their virtue. But I cannot  withhold the truth.” - Genre: writing a history Struggling for Explanation Still haunted by the past: “Ah! Grief and sorrow!”  Still beyond her comprehension - “some unknown forces seem to have been driving father and son apart. … What can  I attribute this to but Heaven?” Father and son “Let ruler be a ruler, the subject a subject, the father a father, the son a son.” Father-son relationship is at the core of tragedy Seed of trouble Absence of love and guidance from the father - --Sado in infancy as the model child - --Sent to live in a separate palace from his parents - --Influence of servants - --Sado’s interest in the occult and martial games. Father’s faults? Favoritism Humiliating his son in public Using Sado to wash away inauspicious events Husband and Wife Proper wife:  - Reserved on the subject of her intimate relationship with Sado - Female jealousy contained by virtue Her writing: - She is in a position to shape self-image Son’s insanity Clothing phobia 12/07/09  Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong 3
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2010 for the course EALC 275 taught by Professor Wang during the Spring '10 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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